After approval by the Council, the agreements will be forwarded to the European Parliament with a view to the entry into force of the trade agreements with Japan and Singapore before the expiry of the current mandate of the European Commission in 2019. Commission proposes to sign and conclude agreements between Japan and Singapore The agreement with Japan is the largest bilateral trade partnership ever negotiated by the European Union and was a personal commitment by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During a bilateral summit and on the sidelines of a G7 summit, the two heads of state and government took action at the highest level to accelerate and conclude negotiations in 2017. The European Commission today presented to the Council the outcome of the negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan and the Trade and Investment Agreements with Singapore. . . .